Welcome to the Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT)

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We’re here to help and support you to complete the Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT)

What is the Data Security and Protection Toolkit?

“The DSPT is an online self-assessment tool for data security, supporting organisations to ensure that they have the right processes and practices in place to manage and hold data safely” NHS 2020.

Video available online from Digital Social Care 

It is compulsory to successfully complete the DSPT if you have an NHSmail account.
During the Covid-19 outbreak, the NHS temporarily waived this requirement
until the end of June 2021.

It is highly recommended that all CQC registered care providers complete this data protection assessment (regardless of whether or not you have an existing NHSmail Account). 

What are the benefits of the DSPT?

  • Digital solutions e.g. proxy access to GP records and NHSmail

  • Increasingly becoming a contractual requirement of providing services to CCG and Local Authorities

  • Completion of the DSPT enables compliance with various legal requirements and legislation

  • Can be linked to CQC KLOEs – one step towards becoming an Outstanding provider

  • Ensures your organisation is safe with its data and cyber security

  • Opportunity to audit processes, systems and policies

  • Reassurance to staff and clients – which shows you take your data protection seriously

  • Accredited and understood by the wider system


What are the benefits of NHSmail?

  • Safe transfer of information

  • Easier/faster communications with the GP and other health colleagues

  • Access to the NHS Directory/Global address book

  • Staff can share calendars and folders with any of the users on NHS Mail, even if they are in different organisations

  • You can access NHSmail from all common smartphones, tablets, home and workplace computers wherever you are in the world

  • Connects everyone to the NHS brand

Find out more


Support Program

To help you, a national program of support and training in data protection and compliance (along with a new more care-specific toolkit) has been launched. There will be a program of local support from the Oxfordshire Association of Care Providers delivered in partnership with Berkshire Care Association and Buckinghamshire Care Association (MKB Care).

The programme will include interactive webinars, online workshops and support. Dates and events will be published in March 2021.

Click here for: SUPPORT


Alternatively, you can Get Started Now

Set up and register your DSPT account

Registering is simple and straightforward, this will only take a few minutes click here for: INSTRUCTIONS

To register on the DSPT click here to: REGISTER

Click here to find your ODS Code

Completing to Standards Met

Once registered download the walk through guide click here: DSPT WALK THROUGH GUIDE

Further resources and templates click here: TEMPLATES


Contact us during open office hours on 01235 248085

  • Let us know what your query is and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


For further information about NHSmail for Care Providers please check out the Digital Social Care Website

This offer of support is part of the Better Security, Better Care programme, funded by NHSX to support data and cyber security across the adult social care provider sector.